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Old 14th June 2010   #3
M. Lopez
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Default Re: British designer's size bigotry

The fashion industry's bigotry is also glaringly exposed in this 9-minute clip from an episode of an Australian newscast called Sunday Night (which is something like a 20/20 program). It features Kate Dillon, as well as several other models, discussing the fashion industry's mandated starvation. Kate at least has a few intelligent things to say, but these are undercut by her regrettably thin current look. Remember - she was a size 8 when she was driven out of the straight-size industry, and she's practically that same size as a so-called "plus-size" model. That's pretty offensive.

Candice Huffine is also there, but isn't even given an opportunity to speak. That's a shame, because she's the closest to being plus of any of the girls in the segment, and she's also the most attractive.

The most disgusting segment features designer Alex Perry flagrantly touting his own prejudice. He basically raises his middle finger at the public, spouting the usual "aspirational" garbage. (As if a malnourished, shrivelled model is "aspirational." Only in his sick mind. A gorgeous size 16 is far more truly aspirational).

He says that he doesn't want fashion to be "ordinary" (and the way he says it, it makes it sound like "ordinary" would be a worse fate than having models die on the catwalk - talk about degenerate priorities), but the irony is that there is nothing more ordinary than the parade of cookie-cutter androgynous robots that the fashion industry marches down its runways. The waifs are ordinary, and tedious.

His claim that no one "forces" women to adopt this size is ludicrous. It's like saying that no one "forces" people to buy crack cocaine. So people should just be allowed to peddle any toxic poison? And besides - when it comes to the models, they ARE forced to be that life-threatening size, the same way that asbestos workers used to be forced to work with a product that literally killed them.

Here's the video:



The drawbacks to the program are that (a) the interviewer doesn't ask the designer any tough questions, (b) that it doesn't focus on plus-size modelling (true plus-size models, not faux-plus types) as a healthier alternative, and (c) that it holds up some Victoria's Secret model as a supposedly preferable size, when she's basically just as malnourished and emaciated as the runway waifs.
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